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Alumni: Distinguished Young Bobcat Award

Recent alumni create award for incoming Bobcats

by Mindy Green

Distinguished Young Bobcat Award logoAndrew Henley and Maggie Worthington graduated from Texas State University only last year, but already they have created a scholarship for one incoming freshman who has made an impact on his/her high school campus and community.

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Happenings: Black and Latino Playwrights Conference

Annual conference a staging ground for black and Latino playwrights

By Audrey Webb

Douglas Turner Ward, a pioneer of African-American theatre, will be honored during the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. Picture from Running Wild Films, http://www.vimeo.com/43872540

In 2011, Dallas playwright Jonathon Norton was one of hundreds of playwrights who submitted a script to be considered for Texas State’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, an annual event that pairs playwrights with guest directors and actors to help them develop and polish their writing. With space enough for only two playwrights to have their scripts workshopped, however, artistic director Eugene Lee (Texas State alum, ’74) had to make some difficult choices. Unfortunately, Norton’s script was not selected.

Shortly after Norton received the disappointing news, however, the conference received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; for the first time since its inception in 2002, sufficient resources were available to serve three playwrights and their new works. Norton was offered the third slot. Attending the conference made a dramatic difference to him and his first full-length script, “My Tidy List of Terrors.” Continue reading

Alumni: Bobcats Who Rock

Texas State alumni are making a bang on the national stage

By Callie Gordon ’12

One of Texas State’s biggest points of pride is the diversity exhibited throughout our university. Our student body represents countries from around globe, and we have recently been recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Whether students come here to pursue success in the business and technology, to mold young minds as teachers, or to discover solutions to global problems, Texas State gives students the tools and knowledge they need to chase their biggest dreams. For some students, this dream involves taking center stage, performing for thousands, mic in hand. Here’s a list of alumni who have made it as professional musicians: Continue reading

Alumni: Famous Bobcats

From White House to Hollywood, Bobcats are in good company

Charles Austin

Charles Austin

By Callie Gordon, ’12 

It’s likely that before you ever shout the words “Eat ‘em up, Cats!” you know that Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States, graduated from Texas State University. We’re proud of LBJ and the fact that he was the only U.S. president to graduate from a Texas university.

But as much as Texas State is proud of our most distinguished alumnus, it’s important to know that some other big names have also navigated the hills of campus. Many professional athletes, actors and internationally known musicians and writers claim Texas State as their alma mater. Continue reading

Alumni: First Year on the Job

Alumni share experiences, advice gleaned from first year on the job

By Callie Gordon ’12

Attending Texas State is a blend of getting an education, starting your career, and the growing up that happens along the way. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, you spend four years learning about the world, our country and yourself, as well as more facts about LBJ than the average person will ever know.

Although your classes and professors do their best to prepare you, the transition from college to career often comes with a few growing pains. Below, four recent graduates share what they’ve learned through their first year on the job.

What was the most challenging thing about transitioning from college to career?

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan, Communication Design ’11 Marketing Coordinator at Anthony Travel @leighdotcom

In college, the proof of your hard work is often reflected in your grade at the end of the semester. Because of this, I have struggled to feel accomplished in my career, not because I’m doing a poor job, but because real-world success is less tangible than a grade. Continue reading

Alumni: Britney Munguia

Munguia connects Facebook, Twitter and more to a social-savvy career

By Catherine Harper

Munguia graduated in May 2011 with a degree in advertising.

Texas State University grad Britney Munguia says she loves “everything” about social media. From Twitter to Facebook to LinkedIn and beyond, Munguia has made social media her career.

Having graduated from Texas State in May 2011 with a bachelor of arts in advertising, Munguia currently works as a social media account executive at IntegratePR in Houston.

“I love everything about my job!” Munguia says. “I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s absolutely true.” Continue reading

Happenings: Grupo Fantasma at Texas State

Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma plays Texas State with four alums

Whether you’re a Latin music lover or just like moving to the music, Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has you covered. On Saturday, March 31, the Grammy-winning ensemble — including four Texas State alumni  — will take their talents to Texas State for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Continue reading